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My master cannot be summoned under the light of day.

The Old Man

Skeletron Head
Skeletron Head.png
Type Boss
AI Type Head AI
Damage 32 / 70-85 Desktop VersionConsole Version
Cursed Skull:
70 Desktop VersionConsole Version
Max Life 4400 / 8800 Desktop VersionConsole Version
Defense 10 / 100 (if hands aren't killed) Desktop VersionConsole Version
0 (while spinning)
KB Resist 100%
Inflicts debuff Bleeding.png Bleeding 100% chance
Debuff duration 3-5 seconds / 6-10 seconds Desktop VersionConsole Version
Debuff tooltip Cannot regenerate life
Immune to: Poisoned.pngVenom.pngOn Fire!.pngCursed Inferno.pngShadowflame.pngStardust Dragon.pngDistorted.pngStardust Cell.pngConfused.png
Coins Gold Coin
Item (Quantity) Rate
Lesser Healing Potion.png
Skeletron Mask.png
Skeletron Hand.png
Book of Skulls.png
Skeletron Trophy.png
Treasure Bag (Skeletron).png
100% Desktop VersionConsole Version

Map Icon Skeletron.png
Map Icon
Internal NPC ID: 35

Skeletron Hand
Skeletron Hand (NPC).png
Type Boss
AI Type Skeletron Hand AI
Damage 20 / 44 Desktop VersionConsole Version
Max Life 600 / 1560 Desktop VersionConsole Version
Defense 14
KB Resist 100%
Inflicts debuff Slow.png Slow 50% chance
Debuff duration .5-1 seconds Desktop VersionConsole Version
Debuff tooltip Movement speed is reduced
Immune to: Confused.pngPoisoned.pngVenom.pngOn Fire!.pngCursed Inferno.pngShadowflame.png
Internal NPC ID: 36
Skeletron Trophy.png "The cursed guardian of the dungeon..." Skeletron Trophy.png
Not to be confused with Skeleton, an enemy found underground, or Skeletron Prime, the Hardmode version of Skeletron.

Skeletron is a pre-Hardmode boss. It must be defeated before traveling through the Dungeon. It is immune to the Poisoned, On Fire!, and Cursed Inferno debuffs.

Defeating Skeletron grants unlimited access to all Dungeon areas for all players. It also causes the Clothier NPC to spawn, as long as a vacant House is available.

If you enter the Dungeon before killing Skeletron, Dungeon Guardians spawn once you reach 0 depth, generally killing any player with a single hit. Additionally, if the Dungeon Guardian is killed, access is still not allowed to the Dungeon until Skeletron has been defeated. The Music is Boss 1.

Summoning[edit | edit source]

Skeletron is summoned by speaking to the Old Man at the Dungeon's entrance, at night, who will die and spawn Skeletron when you select the “Curse” option. If you speak to the Old Man during the day, he will ask you to return at night. You will only be able to summon Skeletron once per night, as the Old Man will not respawn until day.

Skeletron can be summoned repeatedly this way until it is defeated. Once it is defeated, the Old Man's curse will be lifted and he will no longer appear. The Clothier NPC will arrive, bearing a remarkable resemblance to the Old Man. He can move in a town, as long as there is an empty house for him to live in. Skeletron can be re-summoned thereafter once the player acquires the Clothier Voodoo Doll. Equipping the accessory allows the player to kill the Clothier, which summons Skeletron. However, this will only work at night, and doing so at day will kill the Clothier, but not spawn Skeletron.

Attack Phases[edit | edit source]

Skeletron is a large floating skull with two independent floating hands. All parts can travel through blocks, and will attempt to make contact with the player to inflict damage. Each part can be killed independently, but killing the head is all that's required to defeat Skeletron.

Skeletron alternates between two attack phases:

  1. The head remains above while the hands slash at the player.
  2. The head spins, dealing significant damage if touched, but dropping its defense to zero for the duration of the attack.

If the player takes too long to kill him and dawn arrives, Skeletron will begin acting exactly as a Dungeon Guardian, performing a head spin attack with very high damage, which will usually kill any players remaining in the vicinity quickly (it is still possible to kill him, but players are at an extreme disadvantage). Skeletron remains in this form until dying or despawning, even if players manage to avoid dying until the following dusk.

Expert mode[edit | edit source]

Skeletron has additional properties in Expert mode:

  • Skeletron's Head is near invincible, but after losing both of its hands, its head becomes vulnerable. Once either of its arms are destroyed, the head will begin to shoot homing skulls resembling Cursed Skulls at the player, increasing in frequency as its health gets closer to 0.
  • Skeletron moves faster and has better A.I. when targeting multiple players. With this, it is able to "stunlock" you while spinning, able to almost instantly kill players if they aren't able to escape. (e.g., by using a Grappling Hook).
  • Skeletron is also able to inflict a couple of debuffs: the hands inflict Slow, while the head inflicts Bleeding.

Notes[edit | edit source]

Old Man at the dungeon
  • The Old Man who stands in front of the Dungeon can be killed if his health is depleted. However, this does not count as a Skeletron kill, and he will respawn.
  • Skeletron disappears when all nearby players are dead, and the Old Man will respawn the following day.
  • If Skeletron has not been killed by dawn, it will get increased defense and damage, making it very much like the Dungeon Guardian.
  • If Skeletron is killed in its daytime form, it will still drop the normal Skeletron loot, open the dungeon, Desktop VersionConsole Versionand grant the Boned Achievement.

Tips[edit | edit source]

For more elaborate strategies on defeating Skeletron, including Weapon and Arena recommendations, see Guide:Skeletron strategies.

  • If a Magic Mirror or Recall Potion is used, Skeletron won't follow the player back to spawn, and will despawn instead.
  • Don't jump onto Skeletron's head multiple times with the Slime Mount, as going too high will cause him to despawn (also, in Space the slowed falling will make it almost impossible to get back down past him). However, inside of the Dungeon entrance the Slime Mount can be a valuable tool.
  • Going fast enough on a Minecart can cause the hands to despawn, leaving only the head to fight.
  • A full set of Fossil Armor combined with about 50 Grenades can take out both hands easily.
  • Using any ricochet weapon (such as the Water Bolt found in the Dungeon) is extremely useful.
  • With multiple players, it's a good idea to set the spawn point (a bed) near the Dungeon, so that players can simply rejoin the fight if they die.
  • The Bee Gun, Beenade, or the The Bee's Knees with Necro Armor, can quickly build a swarm of bees for constant damage.
  • Attacking the hands first is advised as destroying them both will make it very easy to dodge Skeletron for the rest of the battle.
  • In Expert mode, Skeletron has over 100 defense until its hands are defeated.
  • In Expert mode, if the player keeps moving in different directions, most homing skulls will miss; also note that they do not travel through tiles.
  • In Expert mode, it's also a good idea to use a Yo-Yo and an overhead barrier. However, quick movement is needed to avoid it when it starts to spin.
  • If making new worlds simply to ransack the Dungeon, the Flairon can mow down Skeletron in around 10 seconds if one wishes to access the Dungeon quickly.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Assuming that the player is at 5 ft. 9 1/2 in. (1.75 meters) In terms of height, Skeletron's Head would be about 11 feet (3.35 meters) tall and 8 feet (2.43 meters) wide. The Hands would be 10 feet (3 meters) tall and 7 feet (2 meters) across.
  • At one point, Skeletron heads protected the Dungeon, but when one was killed, it would count as killing Skeletron, so the Dungeon Guardians were introduced to protect the Dungeon instead.
  • Counting the health from both its hands, Skeletron has even more health than the Expert mode Wall of Flesh.
  • Skeletron is the only boss not to have any guaranteed drops (with the exception of the Lesser Healing Potions and Treasure Bag if in Expert mode).
  • Dungeon Guardians have the same head as Skeletron.
  • On the Desktop Version Desktop version and Console Version Console version of Terraria, the Old Man has a health bar, but on the Old-gen console version Old-gen console versionMobile only.pngMobile version, and 3DS logo.svg version, he has none. However, this does not affect gameplay as there is no way to damage him legitimately.
  • In the Terraria and Edge of Space crossover teaser, Skeletron turns into an actual boss called Omegatron.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Achievement Boned.png Boned • "Defeat Skeletron, the cursed guardian of the dungeon."
Defeat Skeletron for the first time. Desktop VersionConsole Version

History[edit | edit source]

Desktop VersionDesktop version

  • Desktop Skeletron now spawns on the Clothier when using a Clothier Voodoo Doll.
  • Desktop 1.0.6:
    • Head health decreased from 5000 to 4400 but damage increased from 30 to 32.
    • Hands health decreased from 800 to 600, defense decreased from 18 to 14 and damage decreased from 25 to 20.
  • Desktop 1.0.5:
    • Head health decreased from 6000 to 5000, defense decreased from 12 to 10 and damage decreased from 35 to 30.
    • Hands health decreased from 1200 to 800 and damage decreased from 30 to 25.

Console VersionConsole version

Mobile only.pngMobile version

3DS logo.svg3DS version

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